Officers honored for heroism, service

  • Officer Travis Wong was honored for his response to a report of a disturbance at Kona Shopping Center last year, where he discovered a man wielding a bat and ramming his vehicle into another car. After quickly apprehending the suspect, Wong discovered that the man was involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend and was threatening bystanders with a bat when they tried to intervene on the woman’s behalf. The man was charged with multiple offenses and pleaded guilty to terroristic threatening and attempted abuse.

  • Officer Johnathan Masutani was recognized for a routine traffic stop last year in Keauhou that resulted in the discovery of drug paraphernalia and several other drug-related items in the course. The suspect, who told the officer he was selling fake methamphetamine, was arrested on multiple drug offenses.

  • Officer Jenna Kosinski-Santos was honored for proactive policing in areas with high traffic accidents and safety concerns. Most notably, she was recognized for responding to a fatal traffic crash near her home while off-duty. After determining the victim was deceased, she immediately blocked off the area, and rerouted traffic until other units arrived.

  • Just one week after the Hawaii Police Department received tourniquets as part of a grant from the Spirit of the Blue Foundation, Sgt. Ryan Pagan saved the life of a man who had been stabbed in Puna. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Four Hawaii Police Department officers were recently honored as officers of the month, including one for saving the life of a man who had been stabbed.